India Srisailam Power Plant Accident Killed Nine

  • CID went into the field with government orders and launched an investigation.
  • Four AEs, a staff, and two Amaran Company personnel, including DE Srinivas, were killed in the accident at that time.
  • Current estimates cast doubt on whether it will be possible to start production in Srisailam for at least a year.

The accident at the Telangana Genco Power Plant on the left bank of Srisailam is causing severe damage. Its effect is going to be visible for a long time. The expectations of the Telangana government are going upside down. New problems seem to arise with the impact on power generation.

The Srisailam Dam is constructed across the Krishna River in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh near Srisailam temple town and is the 2nd largest capacity working hydroelectric station in the country.

The running power plant with a total of six units was involved in the accident. Of those, four units were mostly damaged, while officials were unable to make a full assessment of the condition of the remaining two units.

On the other hand, the political scandal is raging in Telangana over the accident. CID went into the field with government orders and launched an investigation.

Hydropower is a key factor in power generation in Telangana. There are a total of 11 hydropower plants in the state. But most of the power generation in Srisailam comes from a six-unit power plant.

The total power generation in Telangana from April 1 to August 21 this year was 15,556.66 million units. Of this, 7,288 million units were generated by thermal power and 8,268 million units by hydropower. The Srisailam Hydroelectric Power Station generated 676.56 million units.

The total hydropower generation in Telangana in the year 2019-20 is 4,509 million units. More than 45 percent (1993.1 million units) of this was generated by the Srisailam Left Hydroelectric Power Station.

However, power generation in Srisailam came to a standstill from 10:52 pm on the 21st of this month. Four AEs, a staff, and two Amaran Company personnel, including DE Srinivas, were killed in the accident at that time.

Are power problems inevitable

With the accident in Srisailam, the Telangana government is said to be manipulating estimates. With about 2,000 million units of power outages at once, it is no small matter to fill that gap within Genco. The project is running at a capacity of 900 MW at a rate of 150 MW from each of the 6 units in Srisailam.

Now all the power generation has stopped at once. This is the first time that power generation has been cut off this season since power generation started here, according to Genco figures.

As a result, the potential for power generation due to the floods in Owaipu has been lost due to this accident. Now it is becoming a challenge for the government to provide electricity to meet the needs of the state.

Retired Genco engineer P Rammohan Rao told reporters that only through additional power purchases, only additional shares from the center could solve the problem.

Very crucial

People witnessing Telangana powerhouse fire

Srisailam Hydroelectric Power Station is a key player in the Telangana power sector. Kottagudem plays a major role in thermal power and Srisailam in hydropower.

Current estimates cast doubt on whether it will be possible to start production in Srisailam for at least a year. The necessary technical assistance should be taken abroad.

Four units were completely destroyed. It is unclear whether the other two units are in the process of being restarted. It will definitely take a few more months to bring them back into the field.

With this, Srisailam is expected to generate 2,200 million units of electricity this time, but so far only 600 million units have been generated.

The remaining 1600 million units are going to be in short supply. The central government will have to give additional shares to cover this deficit.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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